The Psychology of Cyberbullying


Michelle Wright, PhD – Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Series: Bullying and Victimization; Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY039000; PSY036000; SOC052000

Psychology of Cyberbullying addresses the pressing issue of cyberbullying in today’s digitally connected world. It offers a comprehensive understanding of cyberbullying and its profound impact on individuals, communities, and society. Cyberbullying, characterized as a dark aspect of the digital revolution, involves using technology to harass and harm others. The book delves into the lives of those affected by cyberbullying, particularly focusing on its toll on mental health. Beyond merely highlighting the problem, it empowers readers by equipping them with knowledge and tools to combat cyberbullying effectively. Exploring the psychological motivations of bullies, the dynamics of cyberbullying, and the role of bystanders, the book aims to promote empathy, resilience, and digital responsibility. Acknowledging the ever-changing nature of technology, the book advocates for staying informed and vigilant, adapting responses to this evolving threat through ongoing research. Encouraging open dialogues, it emphasizes the collective power of individuals in creating a safer digital world by uniting against cyberbullying.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. What Is Cyberbullying?
Michelle F. Wright1 and Rekha Negi2
DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, and Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
2Bullying Research Network Affiliate

Chapter 2. Reactive and Proactive Aggression in Schoolchildren: The Differences Between Face-to-Face
and Online Contexts
Annis Lai Chu Fung1 and Able Yuen Kwan Au2
1Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R, China
2Research Assistant, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Chapter 3. Risks and Protective Factors in LGBTIQ+ Cybervictimization
Fatih Bayraktar1 and Shenel Husnu2
Professor in Developmental Psychology, Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology, Famagusta/North Cyprus
2Professor in Social Psychology, Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology, Famagusta/North Cyprus

Chapter 4. Psychopathic Traits Predicting Cyberbullying
Kostas A. Fanti and Ioannis Mavrommatis
Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Chapter 5. Fun-Seeking Tendencies and Moral Disengagement in Cyberbullying: Comparing Emerging Adults from Germany and Hong Kong
Natalie Wong1, Fabian Schunk2, Gisela Trommsdorff2 and Catherine McBride1
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
2Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Chapter 6. Cyberbullying among Adolescents in Tanzania: Prevalence, Risks, and Protective Factors
Hezron Zacharia Onditi, PhD
University of Dar es Salaam, College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Chapter 7. The Effect of Cybervictimisation on Cyberaggression: Gender Differences and the Interplay of Emotion Regulation Strategies
Cirenia Quintana-Orts1, Sergio Mérida-López2, María Teresa Chamizo-Nieto2, Lourdes Rey2 and Natalio Extremera2
Faculty of Psychology at the University of Seville, Spain
2Faculty of Psychology at the University of Malaga, Spain

Chapter 8. The Variables Related to Cyberbullying and Their Influence on University Dropouts
Antonio Cervero1, Alexandra M. Araújo2, Celia Galve-González1, Joana R. Casanova3 and Ana B. Bernardo1
University of Oviedo, Department of Psychology, Oviedo, Spain
2Portucalense University, Department of Psychology and Education, Oporto, Portugal
3Research Centre on Education (CIEd), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Chapter 9. The Psychological Features of Adolescents in Different Roles in Cyberbullying
G. U. Soldatova and S. V. Chigarkova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow, Russian Federation

Chapter 10. Bystanders in Cyberbullying
Megan Lynn Gilbertson, Ruth Jeong, Logan Nicole Riffle and Michelle Kilpatrick Demaray
Northern Illinois University, Psychology Department, DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Chapter 11. Cyberbullying in Children with Special Educational Needs with or without Disabilities (SEN/D): Literature Review and Prevention Strategies
Mercedes Chicote-Beato1, Sixto González-Víllora2 and Ana Rosa Bodoque-Osma3
1Department of Didactics of Physical Education, Art, and Music, Faculty of Education, Cuenca, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
2Department of Didactics of Physical Education, Art, and Music, Faculty of Education, Albacete, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
3 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education, Cuenca, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Chapter 12. Cyberbullying among Gifted and Talented Students
Özgür Erdur-Baker1, PhD, M. A. Halil Aslan1 and Numan Turan2, PhD
1Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
2Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey

Chapter 13. Social and Emotional Discriminant Factors among Cyberbullying Perpetrators and Cyber Controls in a North Indian Adolescent Sample
Kirandeep Kaur1 and Damanjit Sandhu2
Department of Psychology, Akal University, Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, Punjab, India
2Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala, Patiala, India

Chapter 14. The Pervasive Challenge of Cyberbullying at Work: The Current Evidence
Magdalena Celuch, Reetta Oksa and Atte Oksanen
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

Chapter 15. Cyberbullying and Sexting During the 2020 to 2022 Pandemic: New Definitions and Mental Health Issues
Elizabeth Englander1, PhD, Katalin Parti2, PhD, Cheryl Sanders3, PhD and Meghan McCoy1, EdD
1Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA
2Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginis, USA
3Department of Psychological Sciences, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

Chapter 16. iForgive: The Exploration of Forgiveness in Cyberbullying
Mickie Wong-Lo1 and Clarissa Chan2
Biola University, School of Education, La Mirada, California, USA
2University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Chapter 17. The Role of Psychology in the Prevention and Intervention of Cyberbullying
Isabel Cuadrado-Gordillo and Guadalupe Martín-Mora Parra
Faculty of Education and Psychology, Department of Psychology and Anthropology, University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

Chapter 18. Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying
Stephanie Fredrick1, Srimayee Dam1, Lyndsay Jenkins2 and Erin Dougherty1
Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York, USA
2Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


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